Police probe motives behind fatal San Bernardino classroom shooting

Police probe motives behind fatal San Bernardino classroom shooting

Police probe motives behind fatal San Bernardino classroom shooting

That's how relatives are remembering 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, a student who was shot and killed on Monday at an elementary school in San Bernardino, California.

Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is characterized by cardiovascular issues and development delays, and it affects an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States, according to the Williams Syndrome Association.

But those close to Smith told police she said Anderson's behavior had become odd and he had threatened her, Burguan said.

Anderson and Smith had married in late January but separated in mid-March after Anderson accused her of infidelity, leading Smith to move out, Burguan said.

San Bernardino Police Capt. Ron Maass, the incident commander, said Anderson had gone to the classroom to visit Smith.

"Far too often in our country and throughout the world, we gather to report this news of tragic events that take place", San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis said.

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San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsen spoke about meeting with the Martinez family, in the wake of losing their only son. Jonathan was also struck and killed by the gunfire.

Burguan said police searched Anderson's residence and did not find a suicide note.

There was "no reason to believe" the students were specifically targeted in the shooting, Burguan said, adding that there were 15 students and two aides in the multigrade classroom at the time.

Police say the gunman, Cedric Anderson, killed his wife of only two months, Karen Smith, in front of her young students.

"He started crying hysterically I spent all night hugging him and telling him, 'Please don't ever leave my side, '" she said.

Betty Rodriguez, right, comforts her granddaughter Giselle during a prayer service held to honor the shooting victims at North Park Elementary School. Jonathan Martinez, an 8-year-old student in Smith's class, was also shot and died on the way to a nearby hospital, an unidentified 9-year-old student was also shot but is now in critical condition.

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The family of Jonathan Martinez, the 8-year-old student killed in the shooting, did not wish to speak publicly, Marsden said. His handgun was not visible when he entered this school, and San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that it's not uncommon for spouses of employees to visit the school campus. "Jonathan loved just touching you".

The newspaper said Natalie Anderson said Cedric had talked her into abandoning the restraining order.

It's clear that Smith will be missed by both her students and her family. She waited in anguish, through the "worst hours of my life", she said, before learning in a message from his teacher that her child was safe.

Children with Williams syndrome can be "overly friendly and endearing", Monkaba said.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the children, their families and others affected by this senseless violence".

Police say the shooter, Cedric Anderson, had been estranged from Smith and had a history of weapons, domestic violence and possible drug charges.

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